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02 September 2009 @ 02:54 pm
Fanmix: Draco Malfoy - Through The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death  
It figures since the revival of my HP love since HBP came out that I would automatically do a fanmix, particularly centering around Draco. I had nearly forgotten the reason why I loved his character so much, and the new film reminded me exactly why. So, why wouldn't I make a mix for him? Honestly. This is a darker, more ominous mix than I've done before, at least the concept behind it is.

Notes: Draco Malfoy is one of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter series. There’s no denying he’s one of those characters that you kind of love to hate, with his blatant schoolyard bullying and antagonistic behavior towards Harry and his friends. However all that shifted in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince when we see his growth and character development, showing us something we’ve never seen before with him. Draco transformed from a one-dimensional to three-dimensional character as he undergoes an extraordinarily complicated mission and is caught between a rock and a hard place because of it. His humanity is fleshed out well in this book, I thought, and it was done brilliantly. Through this mix I wanted to illustrate this impossible mission from the Dark Lord was for Draco, the hardship he must endure while going at it alone, dealing with his inner turmoil, the loneliness, the anguish, the frustration and determination, as well as the overbearing guilt of what he must accomplish.

Song/Mix Meta: The first track, "O Death", is the modified rendition that's been produced and used in the Supernatural S5 promos, and is a hauntingly ominous and chilling song which I felt was perfect for the introduction, showing that Draco is forcefully recruited by the Death Eaters and given his mission from the Dark Lord, also giving the atmosphere of the state of the Wizarding World, how danger lurks around every corner. "Somewhere Else To Be" follows suit, giving the sense that Draco is torn, and the songs "Everytime I Die" and "What If" demonstrates his sixth year at Hogwarts, going day by day with the weight of everything on his shoulders and having nobody to talk to about it, however refuses help when it is offered. "At The Gates of Retribution" is Draco's deteriorating state of mind, his morality takes hold as he tries to reason with his own conscience of his last task of killing Dumbledore; he is tired, exhausted, he can't fathom completing this mission and he is crumbling. He is lost, scared, alone, and unable to complete the task even though he’s come all this way by the means of protecting his family. "Where Butterflies Never Die" is the overlook of Draco through Half Blood Prince, from beginning to the end, as he travels through like a ghost, haunted by what he has to do. And, of course, "Malfoy's Mission" which completes the mix; it's a haunting track from the actual score from the movie, and is perhaps my favorite track of the entire soundtrack, the piano and the flute are so gentle, yet so chilling, giving us the sound of Draco's journey this entire time.

And the Biblical verses given before and after the mix were deliberately chosen; the first (which is the inspiration for the mix title) giving us a sense of his family pride despite the huge responsibility, however the last verse given is that pride vanishing, the weight was too much for him to bear as he struggles with what he has to do, and finds his entire world collapsing underneath his feet.

through the valley of the shadow of death

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
~ Psalm 23:4 (NIV)


01. "O Death" by Jen Titus
But what is this that I can’t see
With ice cold hands taking hold of me
When God is gone and the Devil takes hold
Who’ll have mercy on your soul?
02. "Somewhere Else To Be" by VAST
Is there somewhere else to be?
Take me in
I want out
That’s all I need
03. "Everytime I Die" by Beseech
Through nightmare
Shades and dreamy Hughes
Still hunted by the things I’ve made
My shadow still lingers all around
Will it never end?
04. "What If" by Era For A Moment
I’ve been right here
When all of it crumbled down around me
Now I don’t know if I should stay away from here
Right now I wanna run away
‘Cause I could never save the day
05. "At The Gates Of Retribution" by Krypteria
The game is over; I’ve come to the end of this road
I lost my soul on the way up, if only I had known
The game is over; I’m facing the ruins of my life
But I won’t go down in ashes without one last cry
06. "Where Butterflies Never Die" by Broken Iris
Utilize surrendering, when silence falls, to you it sings
Sterilize your mentality, compromise your reality
Restful mind and peaceful eyes
When sound is gone then you will find
It's all the same for the dreamers
07. "Malfoy's Mission" composed by Nicholas Hooper

What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.
I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.

~ Job 3:25-26 (NIV)

Current Mood: creative
Current Music: Jen Titus - O Death
bitterbird on September 2nd, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
this is amazing darling!
Renéerogueslayer452 on September 3rd, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
Thank you, bb! ♥
Tracy: Dean Croppedalexwhitman25 on September 2nd, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm intrigued! Downloading, and I love the art.
Renée: Castiel. Bookish.rogueslayer452 on September 3rd, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
Thank you. :D The art was the toughest part. I spent a lot of time with different versions, editing and revising them. I didn't want too much "clutter", yet wanted a particular theme and I think I did that in the final product. I still think this could need a few tweaks here and there, but I'm glad you like it as a whole.
silently_forgot on September 2nd, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
I have a love of Draco, particularly because of the sixth installment, and this mix fits perfectly with that. Not to mention the happiness I felt at seeing an Era for a Moment song on there. They're not incredibly popular; how did you hear of them??
Renée: Slytherclaw. Thinking is dangerous.rogueslayer452 on September 3rd, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
I was looking for new musical material that wasn't well known by the mainstream, I went searching about and just happened to get a little preview of them and I liked what I heard. I like branching out in my musical tastes, so they were a pleasant find amongst others.

Thank you for commenting, and I'm glad that you liked this.
Restlessmerestlessme on September 2nd, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
I have loved Draco ever since the first book, bully or not. Though I was really happy when they began to flesh out his character more in this book.

This looks like an awesome mix and I love your reasoning for each song, so can't wait to download.
Renée: Draco Malfoy.rogueslayer452 on September 3rd, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
I was also happy that JKR also gave Draco this development in HBP, it really gave us a chance to see him having those vulnerabilities and growing and having sympathy for him as Harry was. I only wished we could have seen more of those redeeming qualities in the last book. I still somehow wish there could be a Malfoy side to the story and not just from Harry's POV, but that's all up to us fans I guess.

Thank you, and enjoy the mix! :D
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Renée: Draco Malfoy.rogueslayer452 on September 3rd, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
That is precisely the mood I was going for, since there is a lot of darkness going into the sixth book and with what Draco is going through. I wanted to present something that spoke to his character and not just random songs to slab onto a mix.

So, thank you for your comment and I hope you enjoy the mix. :)
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Allee: Slytherin - MST3K quotelady_lyca on September 3rd, 2009 01:57 am (UTC)
Snagging! Looks great! :)
Renée: Slytherclaw. Thinking is dangerous.rogueslayer452 on September 3rd, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. Enjoy! :D
queen_marie9 on September 3rd, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
This looks really cool! Draco's my fave character too. Downloading.
Renée: Blair Waldorf.rogueslayer452 on September 3rd, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
Draco is just so much love. After HBP I wanted to give him such a huge hug, the poor boy. ♥ Thank you, and I hope you enjoy the mix.
gloria wandrous: lolfoyifandonlyif on September 3rd, 2009 05:22 am (UTC)
i LOVE this idea. i actually thought of the song "gangsta's paraside" re: the title (don't worry i know it's from the bible first) and honestly even THAT song reminds me of draco.
Renée: Six. It's good to be a Cylon.rogueslayer452 on September 3rd, 2009 08:58 am (UTC)
Hehe, Draco is pretty gangsta sometimes, isn't he? And Lucius is totally a pimp, re: the pimp cane, which Draco inherits in the film (perhaps the greatest thing ever to witness in HBP, just saying!)
OhBooth: Music is Loveohbooth on September 3rd, 2009 06:29 am (UTC)
Music whore that I am, of course I am snagging this :)
Renée: Hyori Lee.rogueslayer452 on September 4th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
Of course. ;) Hope you like, bb. ♥
kitchensexslave: angsty Caskitchensexslave on September 3rd, 2009 08:11 am (UTC)
This looks fantastic! I love the art, too.
Renée: Castiel. Guardian angel.rogueslayer452 on September 4th, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
Thank you! The artwork was the most challenging, but I think it turned out quite nicely.
nesdy on September 3rd, 2009 11:05 am (UTC)
Great job! I'm downloading it right now! :P
Renée: Cylons. Happy endings are love.rogueslayer452 on September 4th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)
lloyd, i'm ready to be heartbroken: you're the essence in my Isapphirestar_ on September 3rd, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
asd;alkjfld;alkjlf;lj oh goodness.

this looks absolutely perfect. i've only heard two songs, so i'm really looking forward to listening to this, since they look utterly brilliant. also, nnnngh, the art! the front cover is so gorgeous, ohgosh, and it fits so well with the theme and feel of the rest of the fanmix. gorgeous! ♥
Renée: Castiel. Love.rogueslayer452 on September 4th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
Awww, this comment makes me all warm and fuzzy. ♥ Thank you so much for the compliment, bb. I'm so glad that you like this, I'm guessing my hard work and repeated revising of this entire mix paid off in the end, huh? :D

Again, thank you. ♥
.: Tom!CWutYaDidTharred_hayate on September 3rd, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
Sounds awesome, LOL!
Must have!
Thanks so much for taking the time to make and share this!
Renée: Cylons. By your command!rogueslayer452 on September 4th, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
Hee, you're welcome. Enjoy! :D
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Esther: Past Present Futurevardataurwen on September 3rd, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
Awesome mix. Totally snagging this. Thanks!
Vanessa: Tom Felton [sexy smile]shes_takingbets on September 3rd, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
This is beautiful :) Downloading! Thank you for sharing.